Who doesn’t want to have better skin, hair or nails – or all three! Our diets, the amount of sleep we have and stress all affect the quality of our skin, hair and nails. A nutritious diet that has healthy fats, and is full of antioxidants, especially lots of vitamin C and linoleic acid can lead to better skin and the appearance of younger skin.1
Silica and biotin also works wonders
Silica also plays an important role in the health of hair, nails, and skin – even sun damaged skin. In one study, women were given 10mg daily of a bioavailable silica, that is in an absorbable form. After just 20 weeks, these women had significantly decreased skin roughness and less-brittle nails and hair.2
Silica has also been found to increase hair thickness in women with fine hair by creating greater elasticity and tensile strength.3 That’s great news for many of us.
Biotin, also known as the hair vitamin, is another wonder supplement that promotes hair growth and also restores dry, brittle nails. One leading study showed that taking biotin increased nail thickness by 25% in 63% of participants in the study who had brittle nails—after just five and a half months.5
Now you can get silica and biotin in MegaFood’s Skin, Nails & Hair™ supplement. This is IMI’s top practitioner recommendation for creating greater outer beauty. It also contains excellent antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals essential for beautiful skin, hair and nails.
1. Cosgrove M C, Franco O H, Granger S P, Murray P G, and Mayes A E. Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women. Am J Clin Nutr October 2007 vol. 86 no. 4 1225-1231
2. Barel A, Calomme M, Timchenko A, De Paepe K, Demeester N, Rogiers V, Clarys P, Vanden Berghe D. Effect of oral intake of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on skin, nails and hair in women with photodamaged skin. Arch Dermatol Res. 2005 Oct;297(4):147-53. Epub 2005 Oct 26.
3. Wickett RR, Kossmann E, Barel A, Demeester N, Clarys P, Vanden Berghe D, Calomme M. Effect of oral intake of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on hair tensile strength and morphology in women with fine hair. Arch Dermatol Res. 2007 Dec;299(10):499-505. Epub 2007 Oct 25.
4. Iorizzo M, Pazzaglia M, M Piraccini B, Tullo S, Tosti A. Brittle nails. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2004 Jul;3(3):138-44.
5. Floersheim GL. [Treatment of brittle fingernails with biotin] Z Hautkr. 1989 Jan 15;64(1):41-8.